When budgeting for a new VoIP IP-PBX phone system the difference in cost between a traditional proprietary PBX, like Mitel, Shoretel, or Avaya and an Asterisk based IP-PBX system can be significant. Asterisk based IP-PBX appliances have been growing in popularity, not only for the SMB market, but also for larger companies due in part led by lower Internet costs (if using SIP trunks). They also incorporate an outstanding feature set, afford reliability and customization (for larger installations), and provide the ability for end user in-house management. With lower costs and more plenty of features the number of successful deployments is exponentially increasing.
With this in mind, we have put together some rudimentary hardware costs for several small Asterisk based IP-PBX appliance systems. Each include a choice of matched phone models. The examples reflect the total cost for hardware for a small business solution, each choice being top rated. We have not included installation costs as many small businesses might have a relationship with a network/computer person that would handle it, however this cost must be budgeted for. In some cases an IT person with some basic knowledge of networks that may already work for the company can be capable to make the installation. Help from online tutorials and the manufacturer's support people are avaialable, which is a further reason why these business phone systems are changing the traditional telecom market. The following bundles are just suggestions and need to be tailored for any particular unique circumstances. In any case, these examples offer insight on the affordability of an Asterisk based IP-PBX that was originally built starting with open source software.
These 3 Asterisk based IP-PBX systems for small to medium businesses are all included in our top choice picks. The Grandstream UCM6200 series recently replaced the popular 6100 series and the Yeastar S20 is one in a new line of their VoIP PBX appliances. Both have made improvements on their popular Asterisk appliances while maintaining incredible affordability, a robust feature set and hardened dependability. The Sangoma PBXact UC appliance extends to users a great package of tools from a well known company known for their high standards. They have for many years built some of the best Asterisk interface cards in the business. Additionally, Sangoma offers support options on the PBXact for those companies that need a service contract in place. All of these UC PBX system choices will take a business to the next level in IP communications, with each one offering a variety of special apps for specific company or industry solutions.
Our systems (examples) all include PoE (Power over Ethernet) phones from the same manufacturer as the IP-PBX plus a managed PoE switch. We have chosen mid-range phone models for affordability and feature set with a couple of higher end phones and one extension panel for the receptionist. The examples below can easily be tailored for any particular needs by choosing other phone models, as well as using power adapters instead of PoE, if desired. Read some of the relevant brochures or datasheets for more detailed information. The equipment costs below do not include installation which would be additional, if hiring a professional installer.
These 3 Business phone systems all offer some of the best feature sets that are tested and hardened for reliable results.
When considering phones always lean towards the same company that makes your PBX appliance. They are matched specifically and features are "hardened" making life easier as changes are made down the line. If you're just looking for phones, Yealink is very popular with hosted VoIP providers and both companies, Yeastar & Yealink work closely. Sangoma is a great FreePBX choice, and Grandstream will match well with the UMC appliance.
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Grandstream UCM6202 ippbx with GXP phones
Sangoma PBXact 40 with S-Series phones
Yeastar S20 PBX with Yealink IP phones.
FreePBX Phone System from Sangoma is a close and viable option rather than the PBXact line. Sangoma's FreePBX appliances are the only officially supported hardware solution for FreePBX and offer more customization than the commercial version PBXact. PBXact, being the commercial hardened version of the Sangoma's FreePBX appliance, offers a robust platform with an intuitive easy interface, thought out for use by users by the Sangoma team and supported by them with a SLA (extra cost). It comes pre-loaded and packaged with some modules that are add-ons with the FreePBX and features the Zulu UC application.
Both lines of appliances come in comparable sizes. Read more about what separates the two: PBXact UC vs FreePBX
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